For the first time in a long time, I'm watching television over the air. It's a wonderfully amazing idea, when you think about it. A device that can receive a signal that contains a program I want to watch. I've got a ton of work to do this weekend before I go back to work on Monday, but I really want to watch the Virginia Tech game. So, I dusted off the antenna I bought from Big Lots a few years ago, and voila!
Of course, there's less than five months until this antenna is rendered useless. Maybe I'll buy the box to get the digital, but maybe not.
In a perfect world, you wouldn't need cable. In a perfect world, local broadcasters could beam out niche programming over the airwaves. Maybe the new digital world will get us that.
I have to get back to work, but I did want to comment that it's pretty amazing I'm watching this programming in my office without needing cable. I feel like I'm getting away with something, but didn't we all do this for most of television history? Until the 80's, it all went out over the airwaves. Now, those airwaves, our airwaves, will be sold to the highest bidder. Will there be a public benefit?
Anyway, go Hokies.